Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town

As Sweden’s capital is dramatically situated and spread over 14 islands, it is often called the “Venice of the North”. Stockholm is not only the seat of the Swedish parliament and government, but also the country’s financial and economic centre. It has recently boldly marketed itself as “The Capital of Scandinavia” – proof, perhaps, that a little metropolitan arrogance is not alien to Stockholmers.

The region of Greater Stockholm has around two million inhabitants, the equivalent to one fifth of the entire Swedish population. When we talk to Swedes about the difference between Stockholm and Gothenburg, we sometimes hear: “Stockholm is a metropolis, Gothenburg is a large city.”

World-famous museums and luxury shopping

Stockholm is suitable for both short trips over a weekend, and also much longer visits, including a whole summer vacation. There are world-famous museums such as the Vasa Museum, the cosy old town “Gamla Stan”, the Royal Castle, the amusement park Gröna Lund and the SkyView on the Ericsson Globe to see.

If you prefer shopping, you will also find Sweden’s best boutiques with Swedish fashion, luxury department stores (“NK” for example) and much more to enjoy.

Don’t forget your swimwear

If you have had enough of sightseeing and shopping, you can always get on one of the many boats and take a trip to the stunning archipelago, where you will soon forget all the hustle and bustle of the big city. In fine summer weather, you should always take your swimwear along, as the beaches are excellent.

Our recommendations for Stockholm


Major attractions

Sightseeing tours


Visit the countryside

  • Sörmland southwest of the city markets itself as “Stockholm country break”

  Hotels in Stockholm

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Here are some hotels we especially recommend:

  • 5 star: the famous Grand Hotel opposite the Royal Palace – every year around December 10, this hotel accommodates the Nobel Prize winners
  • 4 star: the new Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel not far from the central station
  • 4 star: Scandic Anglais near the Stureplan square – excellent breakfast plus great view from the rooftop bar; our tip: there are small single rooms in the basement (no window) that are usually quite reasonably priced
  • 3 star: Best Western Hotel Fridhemsplan
  • Inexpensive and modern: Motel L Hammarby Sjöstad, air-conditioning in all rooms; nice waterfront cafés and restaurants within walking distance

Budget accommodation: Read our article 16 recommended hostels in Stockholm.

  Sightseeing tours, activities and Stockholm Pass

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Popular photo spots


On the bridge Skeppsholmsbron next to the Nationalmuseum you find this gilded crown with the Old Town and the Royal Castle in the background.

Other popular photo spots are Fjällgatan and Monteliusvägen on Södermalm.

Unfortunately, the TV tower “Kaknästornet” has closed for good. If you want to see Stockholm from above, we recommend a ride in the SkyView instead. You will find it on the top of the Globen arena.

Fika like a Stockholmer

Fika is a common word all over Sweden, but what does it mean? Simply put, it is the Swedish word for coffee break. If you want to fika like a Stockholmer, you can read our blog post on 10 cafés in Stockholm.

Would you rather care for a drink? Read Rooftop bars and outside terraces in Stockholm.

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